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Overview of Wrist and Hand Conditions

The importance of our wrists and hands to our survival is reflected in the sophisticated engineering that can be seen from the tips of our protective keratinous nails to the highly flexible bones in our wrists. There are nineteen bones in our fingers that are held together flexibly by 14 separate joints. The knuckle joints that connect the fingers to the palm are called metacarpophalangeal (MCP) joints. The finger joints are the interphalangeal (IP) joints. A network of small muscles in the forearm and palm gives the hand its mobility and ability to grab and hold.

Of course, you can’t ignore our opposable thumbs, which gave us an advantage over other mammals by allowing us to grasp, hold, and lift small objects. And today we use them to manage our modern lives on our mobile phones.

Your wrist is a highly responsive joint that allows movement in two axes with all movements controlled by the muscles of the arm:

  • Flexion (upward movement)
  • Extension (downward movement)
  • Adduction (move the right)
  • Abduction (move to the left)

The hand is used by us to work, pray, defend ourselves, communicate, drive cars, hit a baseball and break a fall if we lose our balance. It is no wonder that the most common problems faced by emergency rooms in the US are hand injuries. Males are more prone to hand injuries than females.

Dr. Scott Greenberg is a pioneering leader in prolotherapy, PRP, and stem cell procedures. He serves as the chair of the Institutional Review Board of the American Association of Stem Cell Physicians and is a founding board member. He was a member of the first team to repair a meniscus tear using stem cell therapy and has treated many professional and Olympic athletes among the thousands of people helped since starting his practice in 1999. He also has the distinction of being named Director of the Regenerative Medicine team at the Dee Adams Center for Integrative and Regenerative Medicine at the Bryn Mawr Hospital.

If you or a loved one is looking for a regenerative strategy to treat your chronic conditions, fill out the form on this page to schedule an appointment or call Dr. Greenberg’s office today at 833-440-4325.